Follow the trail of subpoenas, classified documents and judicial vacancies

Our White House gets a small assist as taxpayers flood the phones with calls demanding to know whether President Trump or the administration is under investigation. Given that our first reports on the probe…

Follow the trail of subpoenas, classified documents and judicial vacancies

Our White House gets a small assist as taxpayers flood the phones with calls demanding to know whether President Trump or the administration is under investigation.

Given that our first reports on the probe yesterday pegged it at more than two dozen people close to the president, we don’t think he’s under investigation at this point. And really, doesn’t everyone deserve a little relief in the holiday season?

Congress provides us this bit of protection today:

“The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform will vote on a contempt resolution against Special Counsel Robert Mueller for failing to provide certain documents to the committee. In its latest accusation against the former FBI Director, the committee voted 13-3 to further explore the investigation being conducted by the Special Counsel, which it has been leading for almost a year. According to the House Judiciary Committee, the Justice Department recently revised the Special Counsel’s appointment order, but Congress has not yet received key documents that could help it understand the inner workings of the investigation. The committee has been locked in a power struggle with the Department over Oversight’s attempts to obtain documents related to the Russia probe. The Justice Department said it had made 33,000 pages of documents available to the committee, but the committee says it is still waiting for tens of thousands of other documents it has requested. “In connection with that investigation, the committee intends to vote on a resolution of contempt of Congress against Special Counsel Robert Mueller. The document production was insufficient to be a basis for committee action, committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., said. While committee Democrats remain open to having a hearing on the issue, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., the committee’s ranking member, said the lack of transparency of Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation ‘has caused profound concerns with every member of the House.’”

In other action, the GOP looks likely to win an important vote on trade this week, but it’s the Democrats who will take the lead in making a push for a nomination this week that could actually save the federal judiciary this year. If they succeed, the Democrats may actually have a rare post-election bright spot.

Meanwhile, as the GOP denies a grant to the Los Angeles Fire Department, Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., has proposed another one. We encourage anyone out there trying to right the ship in Congress to go for it.

Be sure to check out all of my other syndicated columnists and commentators:

Rubio on climate change

Cruz on Trump

Kasich on immigrant crime

Cain on tax cuts

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